With 2,300-word letter, Macron launches debate to quell ‘yellow vest’ unrest

With 2,300-word letter, Macron launches debate to quell ‘yellow vest’ unrest

FILE PHOTO – French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a traditional epiphany cake ceremony at the Elysee palace in Paris, France, January 11, 2019. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS January 13, 2019 PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday kicked off a three-month national debate he hopes can quell the “yellow vest” unrest with a letter to the French in which he pledged to listen to new ideas but stuck to his core…

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Sears bankruptcy raises old questions about cost of going broke

Sears bankruptcy raises old questions about cost of going broke

FILE PHOTO: A dismantled sign sits leaning outside a Sears department store one day after it closed as part of multiple store closures by Sears Holdings Corp in the United States in Nanuet, New York, U.S., January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo January 13, 2019 By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Sears has survived the Great Depression and world wars. Whether the 126-year-old retailer stays afloat or goes out of business now hinges in…

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Key Republican to ask FBI about report of Trump counterintelligence probe

Key Republican to ask FBI about report of Trump counterintelligence probe

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) waits for U.S. President Donald Trump to enter the room to speak about the “First Step Act” in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo January 13, 2019 By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Sunday he plans to ask the FBI about a report it launched a probe…

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Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

FILE PHOTO – A man walks past a newly opened Samsung store in Bengaluru, India, September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa January 13, 2019 By Sankalp Phartiyal MUMBAI (Reuters) – Samsung <005930.KS> plans to launch a budget smartphone series in India ahead of a global release, aiming to regain ground ceded to Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi <1810.HK> in the world’s second-biggest mobile phone market. The South Korean company’s Indian market share by shipments has…

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Morocco’s Amazigh want their new year to become official holiday

Morocco’s Amazigh want their new year to become official holiday

Amazigh people celebrate their new year outside the parliament with calls on the state to recognise the day as an official holiday and protect their language in Rabat, Morocco January 12, 2019. Picture taken January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed ElJechtimi January 13, 2019 By Ahmed Eljechtimi RABAT (Reuters) – Hundreds of people gathered in Morocco’s capital Rabat late on Saturday to mark the start of the Amazigh new year with a sit-in calling on the state…

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Exclusive: PG&E in talks with banks on multibillion bankruptcy financing – sources

Exclusive: PG&E in talks with banks on multibillion bankruptcy financing – sources

FILE PHOTO – Employees of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) work in the aftermath of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester January 13, 2019 By Mike Spector and Liana B. Baker (Reuters) – PG&E Corp <PCG.N> is in discussions with investment banks about a multibillion-dollar financing package to help navigate bankruptcy proceedings, a sign that Chapter 11 filing preparations are intensifying in the wake of potentially staggering liabilities from…

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German railway to propose sale of Arriva subsidiary: source

German railway to propose sale of Arriva subsidiary: source

FILE PHOTO: A train is pictured during a rail workers’ strike across the country due to a pay dispute with Deutsche Bahn at the Hauptbahnhof main train station in Berlin, Germany, December 10, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo January 13, 2019 BERLIN (Reuters) – German rail operator Deutsche Bahn wants to sell its Arriva international subsidiary to plug a 4 billion euro ($4.6 billion) financing gap, though Britain’s looming exit from the European Union is making…

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Venezuela intelligence agents release opposition leader Guaido – official

Venezuela intelligence agents release opposition leader Guaido – official

FILE PHOTO: Juan Guaido, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and lawmaker of the opposition party Popular Will (Voluntad Popular), speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins January 13, 2019 By Mayela Armas CARABALLEDA, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuelan intelligence agents have released opposition leader and congress chief Juan Guaido after briefly detaining him on the way to a political rally, a congressional official said on Sunday. Guaido on…

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Italian leftist militant Battisti arrested in Bolivia 38 years after jailbreak

Italian leftist militant Battisti arrested in Bolivia 38 years after jailbreak

FILE PHOTO: Italian former leftist guerrilla Cesare Battisti leaves the headquarters of Federal Police in Sao Paulo March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo January 13, 2019 MILAN (Reuters) – Italian former leftist guerrilla Cesare Battisti, on the run for almost four decades after escaping prison following a murder conviction, has been arrested in Bolivia and is expected to be extradited to Italy, officials said on Sunday. “He will soon arrive in Brazil and from here…

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Poland could consider limits on use of Huawei products

Poland could consider limits on use of Huawei products

FILE PHOTO: Logo of Huawei is seen in front of the local offices of Huawei in Warsaw, Poland January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel January 13, 2019 WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland could consider a ban on the use of Huawei products by public bodies and possible legislation to curtail their use by private citizens, a senior government official said on Sunday, following the arrest of a Chinese Huawei official in Poland. Poland arrested a Chinese employee…

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